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What is IPBES?

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is the intergovernmental body which assesses the state of biodiversity and of the ecosystem services it provides to society, in response to requests from decision makers. IPBES is placed under the auspices of four United Nations entities: UNEP, UNESCO, FAO and UNDP and administered by UNEP. Its secretariat is hosted by the German government and located on the UN campus, in Bonn, Germany. One thousand scientists from all over the world currently contribute to the work of IPBES on a voluntary basis. They are nominated by their government or an organisation, and selected by the MEP. Peer review forms a key component of the work of IPBES to ensure that a range of views is reflected in its work, and that the work is complete to the highest scientific standards.

 

IPBES mission

The mission of IPBES is to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development.

 

IPBES was established with four agreed functions:

Assessment

Deliver global, regional and thematic assessments on biodiversity and ecosystem services

Knowledge generation catalysis

Catalyse efforts to generate new knowledge

Policy support tools

Identify policy relevant tools/methodologies, facilitate their use, and promote and catalyse their further development

Capacity building

Prioritize key capacity building needs, and provide and call for financial and other support to address them